Hampshire Cricket History

Hanif Mohammad
August 11, 2016, 3:55 pm
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The news has come through today that this great Pakistan batsman has died. He is of course the man who for some decades held the record first-class score of 499 (run out!) until beaten by Brian Lara

He first toured England with his new country in 1954 and played against Hampshire at Portsmouth. Local boy Mike Barnard, watched by his family, scored his first first-class century (101*) but more remarkably he bowled Hanif in the second innings for 32, while Roy Marshall did the same (for 15) in the first innings.

Hanif kept wicket, stumping Reg Dare. Roy Marshall had joined Hampshire in 1953 but for two years could only play against the tourists and universities. Hampshire supporters will have looked forward to seeing him, but he was lbw to Fazal Mahmood in both innings – and both times for nought! I’m pretty sure that was his only first-class ‘pair’.

After Mike reached his century, Hampshire declared, setting a stiff target but Pakistan weren’t interested and finished on 86-4 in 53 overs!




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My first Test Match was England v Pakistan at the Oval in 1954. 62 years ago . . ;-( Yes, RIP, Hanif.

Comment by Bob Elliott

Fazal won it for Pakistan, to draw the series – the only home series from 1951-1960 inclusive that England didn’t win.

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